How CSSF helped one young student develop a passion for reading
Our Trustees share their expertise to govern and guide the charity.
James is a partner at Brunswick, the strategic advisory firm. He helps to lead Brunswick's work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he completed a 12-month secondment leading communications in Europe and the Middle East. He has also worked with Wellcome Trust, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and the Global Financing Facility (GFF). James earned a Doctorate as a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he also taught politics. He is a former President of the Oxford Union and World Universities Debating Champion.
Guy DaviesVice Chair
Guy is a chartered accountant, a trustee at the Social Business Trust and a trustee at Parents and Children Together, an adoption charity. Previously he was a partner and head of financing at Permira, an international private equity firm. He has been a trustee of SSF since 2016.
Dr Carol Homden CBEChief Executive, Coram and Company Secretary
Carol is Chief Executive of Coram, a group of specialist children charities reaching 2.5 million children, families and professionals every year. Formerly a member of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales, she served on the Adoption Leadership Board for seven years and is also a continuing member of the Children’s Interagency Group and the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Carol is Chair of the National Autistic Society, which operates seven specialist schools and multiple adult services and delivers national accreditation. Carol was awarded a CBE in 2013 for her contribution to services for children and families. Having started her career setting up print media enterprises in East Anglia as a freelance arts journalist and editor, she was previously Director of
Marketing and Development at the University of Westminster, the first Director of Marketing and Public Affairs at the British Museum and Commercial Director for the Prince’s Trust.
Petrina de GouttesTrustee
Petrina is an English teacher at an East London secondary school where she leads the department's enrichment programme. Prior to teaching, she worked in operational and project management roles for notable organisations such as the Young Foundation, UpRising Leadership and Future First. Before joining SSF in September 2017, she served on the operational board of a teacher training school and was a member of the Foreign and Commonwealth’s Youth Inspiration Group advising on youth policy.
James is a partner at Bain & Company, the global management consulting firm, having joined the firm in 1996. He leads their Strategy Practice in the Europe, Middle East & Africa region. James is also an advisor to the Social Business Trust and a member of its Investment Committee. He has been a trustee of SSF since 2016.
Laura is a Partner and the Global HR Director at Clifford Chance, one of the world's leading law firms. Before taking up leadership of the firm's people and talent function, Laura's legal practice focused on structured finance capital markets work. Laura has over 20 years experience at Clifford Chance. She is a member of the firm's Executive Leadership Group, Executive Operations Group and leads the firm's Global HR Leadership Group. In addition to heading strategy and operations for the firm's HR function, she is extensively involved in the firm's recruitment, development, diversity and inclusion initiatives. Laura is also a Director of the Brampton Manor Academy trust.
Jill’s background is business management. Jill became the first female Serjeant at Arms in the House of Commons in 2008. Her passion is to help people to develop, grow and succeed, from primary school children struggling to learn to read through to female entrepreneurs finding their way in business and female senior managers seeking to join the Board.
Jill is Chairman of Trustees of the Coram Beanstalk literacy charity. She is a founder and an active member of Savvitas, a businesswomen’s network affiliated to Parliament. She chairs the Savvitas Senate.
Chloe is a Civil Servant and currently heads up DCMS’ Volunteering Strategy Team. She draws on ten years’ experience in government and charity sectors, including a significant amount of time working with social entrepreneurs and charity leaders to scale up social enterprises in the education sector. Chloe is passionate about the importance of education as an agent for social change and improving outcomes for all children and, prior to joining CSSF’s board, she spent five years as Vice-Chair of Governors at a large school in London.
Geraint Talfan-Davies OBETrustee
Geraint is the former Chair of the Welsh National Opera and co-founder and Chair of the Institute of Welsh Affairs. He was Controller of BBC Wales from 1990-2000 and chair of the Arts Council of Wales from 2003-06. Geraint is a Welsh speaker and writes and broadcasts extensively. He has been a trustee of SSF since 2014.
Vicki is joint Series Editor of the Cambridge School Shakespeare Series published by Cambridge University Press. She has taught English in the UK and abroad and is now a freelance writer. Before joining the SSF board in 2018, she was a trustee of two charities seeking to improve the mental health of young people.